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  • Riese & Muller Packster 40 Vario Suspension Cargo E-Bike with Kid Carrier and Canopy in Racing Red






If a cargo bike is the SUV of the bicycle world, then the Riese & Muller Packster 40 Vario is the bike version of a Range Rover. At just over 7 feet long, it's nimble enough to navigate crowded bike lanes yet provides expansive and adaptable cargo space. These bikes are custom-built with German precision and laser-focused attention to detail that leaves absolutely no stone unturned in their quest to build the absolute best cargo bike for every terrain - even the roughest single-track dirt trail. Your family will travel in luxury, safety, and ultimate comfort with the Packster 40 e-cargo bike.   

Any good e-bike worth its salt has a motor and battery up to the task of hauling goods and people, and Riese & Muller knocks it out of the park with its Bosch systems. Powered by a Bosch PowerPack 500Wh / DualBattery 1000Wh battery that provides up to 100km / 200km of range, the Performance Line CX motor provides more torque than other motors, giving 85Nm acceleration at low cadences to make uphill journeys a lot sweeter. It reads your pedal input 1,000 times a second for an extremely accurate and sensitive intuition that boosts you with just the right amount of power exactly when you need it. The Extended Boost feature allows for smooth traction over stone, root, and cobblestone obstacles - even when going uphill. Choose between the minimalist Purion display or the no-holds-barred Smartphone Hub control for a truly customized riding experience.

The Enviolo 380 hub has stepless shifting technology to change gears under load without any resistance and is designed specifically to work with the high torque of an e-bike, and the Gates belt drive adopts motorcycle technology to give you 30,000km of riding before needing replacement - over three times longer than any chain. Customize your cargo bike with a wide selection of sidewalls, weather protection, boxes, and child carriers to make this bike exactly what you need. The included ABUS lock ensures your bike remains yours with solid German engineering and construction. 

Combine these with Tektro disc brakes, super-bright Supernova/Busch & Muller light system, Selle Royal saddle, Schwalbe tires, optional rear rack, and a Suntour front suspension fork and Thudbuster seatpost for off-road adventures, and you get the crème de la crème of electric cargo adventure bikes - the Riese & Muller Packster 40 Vario.   

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  • Riese & Muller Packster 40 Vario E-Cargo Bike
  • Build the bike you need - Add the cargo box, deck, kid seats and canopy options that suit your lifestyle, family, and/or business needs
  • Lightweight Aluminum frame with Front Fork Suspension - Provides strength and agility on even the roughest off-road trails
  • Motor: Quiet & reliable Bosch Performance Line CX provides more torque than other motors, up to 85Nm acceleration at low cadences 
  • Battery: Bosch PowerPack 500Wh / 1000Wh gives you 100km / 200km of range on a single charge
  • Cockpit Display: Customize your ride with the super-advanced Smartphone Hub or minimalist Purion cockpit controls
  • Lighting: Super-bright Supernova/Busch & Muller lighting system - German-made and quality that lasts and lasts
  • Enviolo 380 Hub: Stepless shifting technology to change gears under load without any resistance - Designed specifically to work with high torque of e-bikes
  • Gates Belt Drive - Lube-free, durable, and winter-friendly with a 30,000km lifetime before needing replacement
  • Fully adjustable stem and seatpost - Swap quickly between riders of different heights, perfect for shared family use
  • Thudbuster seatpost turns cobblestones into clouds
  • Schwalbe tires are highly puncture-resistant - Made in Germany
  • Comfortable ergonomic Selle Royal saddle - Made in Italy

FRAME Aluminum - Racing Red
BIKE WEIGHT 70 lbs (higher with accessories)
WEIGHT CAPACITY 160 kg / 350 lbs
Bosch Powerpack 500 Performance - 36V 500Wh / Bosch DualBattery 1000 - 36V 1000Wh (2 x Powerpack 500)
Performance Line CX (Gen2)
Bosch Purion / Bosch Smartphone Hub
MAX ASSISTED SPEED 32km/hr as per Canadian regulations
COMPUTER MODES Eco, Tour, Sport, Turbo
RANGE ESTIMATE 50-100km (Powerpack 500) / 100-200km (DualBattery 1000)
CHARGING TIME 4.5 hours (Powerpack 500) / 9 hours (DualBattery 1000)
Suntour Mobie A32, 20", 70mm
HEADSET Acros AZX-221, block lock / TH No. 9, semi-integrated
SEATPOST Cane Creek New Thudbuster ST
TIRES Schwalbe Big Ben Plus
TUBES Schwalbe
Alex MD30 26" / 20"
FRONT HUB Novatec Disc 32H
REAR HUB Enviolo 380 36H
CRANKSET FSA / Riese & Muller, 170mm
CHAINRING 26T, for Gates belt drive CDX
CHAIN Gates belt drive CDX
PINION 28T, for Gates belt drive
SADDLE Selle Royal New Lookin Moderate Male / Selle Bassano Volare XL
SHIFTING SYSTEM Enviolo grip shift, continuous
SHIFTER Enviolo grip shift, continuous
HANDLEBAR FSA V-Drive, 31.8mm Aluminum / Satori NoirettePlus, 31.8mm, Aluminum
STEM Riese & Muller - adjustable height & angle / FSA V-Drive - 80mm, +/- 17 degrees / Satori - 60mm, +/- 17 degrees
GRIPS Ergon GP-1
BRAKES Tektro Auriga Comp HD-500 hydraulic disc brakes
FRONT LIGHT Supernova E3 E-bike
TAIL LIGHT Busch & Muller LineTec LED / Busch & Muller Toplight 2C LED
Riese & Muller, MIK
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ABUS Shield
ONE SIZE 4' 11" 6' 5"
Riese & Muller Logo
RIESE & MULLER COMPANY PROFILE: The founders of Riese & Muller describe themselves as cyclists, engineers, inventors, friends, entrepreneurs, and fathers - and each of these contribute to the design of their bikes. Beginning the company with the Birdy folding bike, they've dialed in their cargo and urban e-bikes to offer full suspension for every style of road and track. Overall, Riese & Muller create products that are supremely comfortable to ride, intuitive from the start, and made to last - a true testament to German engineering at its absolute peak.

Will this take up a lot of space on the road? 

Nope. This is the narrowest, fastest and meanest cargo bike on the road. You can even pass in the bike lane (if you’re good).

How does this compare to other two-wheeled cargo bikes?

Now that urban cycling is taking off, we're seeing more and more cargo bikes on the streets ferrying families, packages, and supplies. They were primarily designed for use in cities with paved roads and bike paths. Riese & Muller has achieved the pinnacle of cargo bikes in speccing theirs with full-suspension GT and GX options, meaning you can take them off-road - on dirt track, mountain roads, even forested trails. Unlike other two-wheeled cargo bikes that have a bit of a learning curve, Riese & Muller bikes feel exactly like a regular bike - no wobbling or resistance at all. They're intuitive and absolutely great for anyone a little nervous about cargo riding who also wants to travel faster and more efficiently than can be achieved on a three-wheeled Babboe or Nihola.

How the heck do I buy one of these?

We've done all the legwork for you! Take a read through our extensive spec options, build up your bike just the way you want it, place an order and we'll be in touch when your bike arrives fully built!

Can I use this bike for a business?

Absolutely. With the smorgasbord of options for cargo boxes, canopies, rear racks, and on/off-road capabilities, this bike will excel at whatever you ask it to do. Email eric@curbsidecycle.com if you’re interested in discussing a Riese & Muller for your business or business idea.

Can Riese & Muller bikes do double duty carrying kids and cargo?

Yep! On Riese & Muller cargo bikes, the seats within the cargo box take up minimal space and/or fold out of the way to provide maximum storage when you're doing a massive grocery run sans kiddos. The Multicharger bikes have a longtail platform at the rear that can be set up for passengers, cargo bags, or both with a combined weight of 65kg / 140lbs on the rack.

How many kids will this carry?

One! You'll need the Carry System walls installed to add this feature and make your bike a kid-carrying machine.

What is an internal gear hub?

In Europe, a bike with an internal gear hub is what makes it a definitive city bike. Because the chain isn’t derailed up and down a set of external cogs (using a derailleur), the chain will never fall off again, and best of all, the chain can be covered so you can wear whatever you want. The gears are sealed inside the rear hub and they hold a tune two times longer than a derailleur, minimizing tune-ups and allowing you to store the bike outside throughout the winter problem-free.

What is a belt drive?

Belt drives have been developed over the last 30 years for use in racing engines and motorcycles. They are a band of nylon teeth held together with a series of carbon fibre cords, paired with alloy alloy chainrings and stainless-steel cogs. They've recently made the jump to bikes because they're nearly silent, don't require lube (and are much more winter-proof as a result), don't rust or get jammed with debris, and last for up to 30,000km of riding before needing replacement. We don't see them often on North American bikes because they can't be used with external derailleurs, only internal hubs or crank-based gearboxes.

Can I store it outside?

Of course. But if you are storing it outside during the winter, we strongly recommend going with the Vario or Rohloff internal hubs over an external-gear Touring derailleur, as they're built for year-round use and keep maintenance costs to a minimum. Should you have your heart set on a derailleur Riese & Muller, be sure to pick up a Bike Parka to keep it covered from ice and snow.

Does the battery lock to the bike?

Yep. That’s one expensive chunk of Lithium Ion. Frame-mounted batteries lock on to the down-tube and only you can remove them with the key provided. Internal frame batteries are built into the bike, so no need to worry!

How long does it take to charge the battery?

It takes about five hours to charge a single battery from flat to full, and twice as long if you have a dual battery system on your Riese & Muller. The batteries don't have memory so there is no problem if you only charge the battery a little bit, halfway, or whatever. You’ll get over 1000 complete charges, which is typically 5+ years of use before a replacement is required.

Is the unit serviceable?

You bet it is. For years the e-assist market was dominated by small fly-by-night companies with good ideas and no balance sheet. The consumer took all the risk and were often left with technical assistance phone numbers that no longer worked. Riese & Muller partner with Bosch, a huge player in the e-bike market – and they are sophisticated, which means they are updatable, diagnosable, and if something does break, fundamentally repairable.

What's the lifetime on the battery?

On average you will get about 18,000-20,000 miles from the battery before it needs to be replaced.

This is expensive! Will it get stolen?

Estimates are that over 90% of bicycle theft is tied to cash-for-drugs (unfortunately) and most bike losses are due to inferior or cheap locks. Make sure you buy a good ABUS U-lock or a chain and your bike will be safe. You can read more about bike theft here.

What’s the warranty?

For the original owner, Riese & Muller offers a two-year warranty for manufacturer defects on frame and fork, five years for frame / swingarm breakage, and two years on the battery. Does not include wear and tear.

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